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The Parish of Hythe

St. John the Baptist

Lamentations 3: 22-23


THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE Sunday morning services are held at St John’s at 10:30am with restricted numbers due to Social Distancing. Please note: the first service of the month takes place at St Anne’s. Worship at our churches is also being livestreamed via Zoom so that all church members can come together virtually. Please contact Sue Blomley if you would like your name added to attend services or join the Zoom list. We are open for private prayer from 10am to 11am on Wednesdays. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. Other acts of worship and activities will continue via our church website and Facebook pages (see next page for screenshots). Please note: If you enter church buildings for Prayer or Worship you must wear a mask. Both St John’s and St Anne’s are now displaying a QR code for the NHS Test and Trace App. The app is free from the App store or Google Play. Ctrl + click: https://www.stjohnshythe.org/ (our website) https://www.facebook.com/stjohnshythe/ https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-St-Annes-Youth172652072776655/ We have been uploading recordings of morning prayer and weekly Sunday services. On the website, simply click on the ‘Online Worship’ tab on the black bar and a new menu will appear as shown on the screenshot. You can then select which service you wish to see. On the ‘Coronavirus’ tab you will find other useful resources related to the Covid19 crisis. On Facebook, simply click on the relevant section to find out more or scroll down the page to access recordings of services. Since the beginning of lockdown we have and continue to have a big reduction in our income. Every contribution will help. If you feel you can support us as we support you through our virtual groups, please may I ask you to donate as generously as you are able through the link to our online giving scheme: https:// www.give.net/stjohnshythe/oneoff Alternatively you may donate via bank transfer or by cheque. Please contact office@stjohnshythe.org for details. Thank you!


NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Whilst reading Morning Prayer today, I was struck by the words of Psalm 55. I’ve read it many times before but it suddenly struck a chord with our world today. It is one of the longer psalms, so I had time to get the ideas embedded before it passed. Allow me, please, to give you some of the stanzas that struck me quite forcibly. Hear my prayer, O God; hide not yourself from my petition. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaining. I am alarmed at the voice of the enemy; and at the clamour of the wicked; for they would bring down evil upon me, and are set against me in fury. My heart is disquieted within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and a horrible dread has overwhelmed me. And I said; ‘O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I flee far away and make my lodging in the wilderness. What resonated with me was that many of us feel just like that in today’s world. We pray, we complain, we live in fear of Covid (our enemy) who is bringing so much disruption to our world and made us feel as if we are at danger of death. We are fearful, and we dread getting this virus, and I don’t know about anyone else; but for me, the idea of being a dove and flying far away to live in the wilderness is, at times, very appealing. I recommend that you read all the psalm, you will find it in the Psalms

NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER in the Bible, it shows that people have lived like this before and overcome it all. It is inspiring and uplifting, something we could do with today. And so I leave you with the prayer that follows the psalm:

Lord, in all times of fear and dread, grant that we may so cast our burdens upon you that you may bear us on the holy wings of the Spirit to the stronghold of your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen With love,


For the last few months, in order to be COVID 19 safe, we have suspended the printing and distribution of our ‘Contact’ magazine. For many the move to a digital version of the magazine was welcomed as a totally safe way of staying in ’Contact’. Others have found it too technically challenging to access the magazine digitally.

The World Health Organisation has said that there is no chance of contracting Coronaviruses from magazines as long as there is no physical contact with the distributor. As a result it has been decided to print your ‘Contact’ magazine once more, but do you need it printed?

Please will you tell the Office NOW on 023 80844336 if you need a printed copy of the December edition otherwise you will be automatically sent the digital version. Please note that printing is very

expensive! Thank you

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Show me Thy way, O Lord, And make it plain: I would obey Thy word, Speak yet again. I would not take one step until I know Which way it is that you want me to go. O Lord, I cannot see; Grant me Thy light; Darkness bewilders me, Clouding my sight; Hold Thou my hand, and keep close by my side: I dare not go alone; be Thou my guide. I cannot see Thy face, Yet Thou art here; When will the morning chase My doubt and fear? When shall I see the place where day and night Shall come not, for Thy glory is its light? I will be patient, Lord, And do Thy will; I will not doubt Thy word, My hope fulfil. How can I perish, if in Thee I hide; Jesus, my Comforter, my Hope and Guide! Jane Euphemia Saxby (1811-1898)

Photos from Sheffield Cathedral & Beverley Minster ŠPrestonPics

PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST In November we pray especially for: Ann H, Tyler C, Gill R, Audrey J, Peter & Kate, Barbara & Colin, Kayleigh & Charlotte, Jenny, Ann C, Debbie, Nancy, Colin, Jill J, Gary, Marion S, Phil B, John & Val, Sylvia, Melanie, Tony, and Marion W We pray for everyone we know who is unwell, and we pray for the family and friends who are mourning the passing of Ethel May Hillman and Pauline McLlwraith

This month we remember the work of charities, agencies and health workers especially in countries where medical treatment is poor. We pray for the continued containment of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, for people infected by the virus and the families of virus victims. We also pray for people who have lost their jobs as a result of the current economic situation May our church family be united in our worship of God, in fellowship with one another, and in ministry to the community.

PARISH QUIET HALF DAY On Wednesday 18 November there will be a Parish Quiet Half Day 9.30am to 12.00pm. This will be run via Zoom so you can participate from home. It will be led by Deacon Julia Bradshaw who ministers on one of the Greek Islands. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me. If there are enough people who are unable to zoom but are interested in participating then we will try to zoom it to the hall for participants to follow the presentation there. Replies before Tuesday 10 November, please! Thank you! Sue Blomley WORDS OF WISDOM 

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behaviour. John Stott

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God. C S Lewis

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. Corrie Ten Boom

Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. Joyce Meyer


TURKEY: Hagia Sophia Cathedral reopens as a mosque Christian symbols and decorations at the historic Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Turkey, which reopened as a mosque on 24 July, will be covered with curtains during Islamic prayer. The Hagia Sophia was built 1,500 years ago as a cathedral, but was converted into a mosque in 1453 after the Ottoman armies conquered Constantinople (now called Istanbul). It was converted to a museum in 1935 on the orders of Kemal Ataturk, founder of Turkey’s secular republic. Repression of religious minorities is increasing in Muslim-majority Turkey, particularly under Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been outspoken about his desire to re-establish the Ottoman Empire.

SUDAN: Sudanese Christians rejoice at the abolition of the Islamic apostasy law Sudan has abolished its apostasy law, which carried a death penalty for leaving Islam. The Miscellaneous Amendments Act ended long-standing restrictions on freedom introduced under the 30 year regime of former dictator Omar al-Bashir, ousted in April 2019.

ONE WORLD While apostasy had already been criminalised under Sudan’s previous criminal code, al-Bashir’s regime brought the country’s legal system closer to an ultraconservative interpretation of sharia (Islamic law). Islamists in Sudan have called for the government to be overthrown in an angry backlash against the penal code reforms. Sudan is one of the few countries in the world where people have been officially executed for apostasy in modern times. Articles from Barnabas Aid magazine, Sep/Oct 2020 edition https://barnabasfund.org/magazine/ Photos from Wikipedia SAMARITANS

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CHILDREN’S SOCIETY I don’t need to remind you that there was no summer lunch or autumn coffee morning this year! Thankfully Annette and Edgar Ruddock had the wonderful idea of hosting outdoor socially distanced tea parties for 6 people to restore some of the social interaction we had been missing along with the opportunity to support The Children’s Society. Even the afternoon it rained did not dampen eagerness to catch up with people only seen on Zoom or in the distance. Thanks to the generosity of all who attended a donation of £217 has been sent to The Society which is continuing its work with young people and families through these uncertain times. Thank you to Annette and Edgar and to all who supported in this way.

CHRISTINGLE? School carol services? Nativity plays??

I am working with Chris McMahon on Christingle and there will be details in the next edition of ’Contact’. We will be doing something! It might be on Zoom with an ‘at home’ activity; but it will be on Sunday 6 December as planned. We are also working on a recorded event for schools to show in their classrooms. Both Waterside and Hythe Primary Schools have been asking what can be done and we will not let them down.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY School services in St John’s Church will not happen this year. The Diocesan guidance sent out on 14 October was: School groups attending church for services or other activities We appreciate that some schools will want to resume annual or traditional events in church buildings. Government guidance does not currently prohibit school groups from coming into church, providing any use is in line with Government guidance both for safe operation of schools and use of places of worship. However, we remain in COVID -19 conditions, with increasing numbers of cases being reported. The Education Team therefore advise that school visits to our churches, even for worship or nativity services, should be avoided for the rest of this year. Trish Murphy

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During this time of staying at home can I make a plea for people to make angels? Knitted or sewn are lovely, or angel shapes cut out of wood and painted, or shapes made out of wire, shells, etc. We had 620 last year by November. I’m trying to beat that for this year, if we’re able to give them out, if not we’ll have double for next year. If you need ideas or patterns just let me know. My number is at the front of the magazine. With many thanks, yours Sue Blomley

‘THANK YOU’ LETTER FROM JO Dear Friends, I am writing to thank everyone in St John's and St Anne's Hythe for their very thoughtful and generous gifts, cards and good wishes. The photo book is full of many happy memories of many events in the past six years. Thank you also for the voucher which I shall use to buy a rose bush in the spring. When I have done so I will let you know and last but by no means least thank you so much for the extremely generous cheque.....it will be used to buy something special and will be a lasting memento of the time we spent in Hythe. I cannot thank you enough for the welcome and support Kevin and I received from you all over the years and as I have said before, it has been a privilege and joy to be part of God’s mission in Hythe. Kevin and I wish you all the best in the future and will be holding you in our prayers. With love in Christ




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TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA A few weeks back I went into the New Forest to see if I could find the red deer that live there, as this is the time of the year when the stags have a full set of antlers and are ‘strutting their stuff’ during the rut. This usually involves a lot of ‘keep away from my hinds’, bellowing and the odd fight. I was very fortunate. Isn’t it great that we have these wild creatures living just a few miles away from us in Hythe? The red deer are a truly native species and almost certainly reached Britain from northern Europe during the last ice age. The fallow deer are relative newcomers, having been introduced to England by the Romans during the first century AD.

I hope you like my photos. I thought that they might provide a seasonal reminder of New Forest life for readers of ‘Contact’ . Bob Joughin

Red stag bellowing

TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA Two red deer stags

Many thanks to Bob for sharing his photos with us! Eds.

Red deer stags playfighting



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Rosemary has very kindly offered to do a bulk order of these Advent Calendars with a Christian emphasis. For further info or to make an order please contact Chris McMahon via St John’s Office or email her at Families@stjohnshythe.org

HYTHE 2000 We, at Hythe 2000, are so sad that at the moment we are unable to carry on with our two projects, Smarties Parent & Toddler Group and Gateway IT for All. Every two or three weeks we discuss the possibility of reopening but still feel that it is a risk not worth taking. Many of our clients at Gateway are ‘older’ learners, as are the tutors, so we do feel we have to be especially careful. Also after much discussion we have decided not to go ahead with the annual Christmas Tree Festival this year, especially in view of the ever- changing regulations due to COVID 19. We hope to be able to plan a really super festival next year. Until then, here are a few photos from last year. Christine Richards



CHRISTMAS CARD SHOP IN WINCHESTER Charity Christmas cards on the move Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Winchester Guildhall, the traditional Charity Christmas Card shop has relocated. The Tourist Information Centre was deemed too small to house all those cards as well as the TIC staff in these times of social distancing. The former Whittards shop, just down the High Street from W.H.Smith, is the new all-singing, all-dancing Christmas Card destination. Opening on Monday 19 October, the shop will house a wide range of local and national charity cards to suit all tastes. An example of a local card in aid of the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is shown here. Most of the cards in aid of national charities will be supplied by Cards for Good Causes. The shop is also looking for volunteers to help man the unit; a lot of people will be needed to staff it every day from now until Christmas. If you think you could assist, please contact me, Cathy Wallis, on winchesterCFGC@gmail.com. Season’s Greetings everyone!

Cathy Winchester Cards for Good Causes (via Jayne Tarry, Winchester Diocese)

WARDEN’S WITTERING Whilst we await the arrival of a new vicar (and no I do not have the faintest idea of when that might be) the responsibility for the day to day running of our church here at St John’s & St Anne’s, both physical and spiritual, falls upon the shoulders of your two Wardens Andy Pearce and myself. We are ably supported in this task by our two ministers, Sue Blomley and Chris McMahon, Pro-Warden Carol Moody and the Admin Team. And not to forget the many others who have taken up one of the indispensable roles which you will find listed at the back of ‘Contact’. All of which is a preamble to saying that if you have any comments or concerns please do not wait for our new vicar to arrive, please do not hesitate in directing them towards us. We certainly cannot promise to solve all problems but can, at least, offer a sympathetic ear. With the changing times, and new challenges, we are sometimes called to expand our comfort zones and the Church Wardens’ job is certainly no exception. But Jesus never promised us an easy ride! I would like to ask each of you, here and now, to consider moving a little further outside your comfort zone. Specifically, by producing some material for inclusion in this magazine. Our CONTACT magazine is a key element in bringing us all together as parishioners and the task of filling the pages is a challenging one. Phil and Catherine Preston do an excellent job but a little help would, I’m sure, be very warmly received. Anecdotes, jokes (suitable!), memoirs, hints & tips, personal reflections etc etc etc Many thanks! David

HYTHE PARISH ZOOM QUIZ Hello everyone! Here is one of the rounds from the Parish Zoom Quiz on Saturday 17th October. We have been holding the quizzes since May and they take place every fortnight on Saturdays at 7:30pm. They last about 90 minutes and the questions are on a variety of topics. The November quizzes will be held on the 14 and 21 November. For more information and to be sent your Zoom invitation please contact me at philmex123@gmail.com Phil Ed: The quizzes are very relaxed and you don’t have to admit your score! Cat 1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

What is the last word of the Old Testament? Whose wife turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back? Three angels are named in the bible, Michael, Lucifer and ________. The book of Esther is unique in the bible because it does not mention one word. Which one? What is the longest book in the bible? Name Moses’ older brother. What was Simon of Cyrene compelled to do by the Romans? How many books are there in the New Testament? What relation was Jacob to Abraham? Which prophet secretly anointed David as King? Paul wrote two letters to this person. Name him. What is the sixth book of the Old Testament? What was Jesus’ first miracle? Noah’s ark came to rest on which mountain? Which books of the bible form the Pentateuch?





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WHO’S WHO VICAR: Our Vicar has retired, so we have a vacancy. Watch this space! LICENSED LAY MINISTER: Sue Blomley (023 80849482) sue.blomley@gmail.com CHURCHWARDENS: David Blomley (023 80849482) daveblomley@yahoo.co.uk Andy Pearce (023 80848540) andy.p22@hotmail.co.uk PROWARDEN: Carol Moody (023 80843559)


CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Chris McMahon via Hall Office (023 80844336) families@stjohnshythe.org ST JOHN’S HALL: (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org ‘CONTACT’ EDITORS: Phil & Cat Preston (or contributions to the parish office) philmex123@gmail.com ADVERTISING: via Hall Office (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS We hope you enjoy this issue of ‘Contact’: you are warmly invited to contribute items to the magazine. Contributions by the 14th of the month please! Would you like to advertise in ‘Contact’? Please contact Soraya at St John’s Hall Office 023 80844336 Phil & Cat Preston - email: philmex123@gmail.com

PARISH CONTACT NUMBERS Bible Reading Fellowship notes Pamela Gilson 80842965 Brass cleaning June Smith 80848201 Catering Coordinator Parish Office 80844336 Children & Families Ministry Coordinator Chris McMahon 80844336 Children's Society Trish Murphy 80893243 Choir Master & Organist Philip Dowd 80844336 Church Treasury Team Sue Harvey 80842333 Clergy Secretary Parish Office 80844336 Copyright Information Norman Curtis 80846861 Data Protection Officer Phil Preston 80844336 Electoral Roll Officer Shadia Aazar 07834820541 Fairs Committee Jill James 80847283 Gift Aid Secretary Martin Deadman 80849482 St John's Hall bookings Parish Office 80844336 Hythe2000 Management Geoff Read 80848748 Intercessions Ann Heslop 80842256 Julian Group Norman Curtis 80846861 Mothers' Union Committee Sue Harvey 80842333 One World Group June Smith 80848201 Parish Prayers Ann Heslop 80842256 Parish Visitors Coordinator Margot Lewis 80844336 P.C.C. Secretary Craig Fowkes 07456218718 Prayer Chain Margot Lewis 80844336 Sacristan & servers (St John's) Trish Murphy 80893243 Safeguarding Officer Catherine Preston 07377259012 St John's cleaning Parish Office 80844336 Sidespeople Roy German 80843198 Verger Team (Funeral & Weddings) Trish Murphy 80893243 Website enquiries Elizabeth Deadman 81782640

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